WIPO, AUWCL Sign Memorandum Of Understanding To Promote Intellectual Property Education
Aug. 29, 2018
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Academy, Geneva, Switzerland, and American University Washington College of Law signed a memorandum of understanding to promote cooperation in the furtherance of their common goals in respect of intellectual property education.
The agreement calls for the parties to cooperate in teaching and training in the field of intellectual property. Cooperation may include joint courses, conferences, research, and other activities.
The parties will coordinate the holding of classes at WIPO as part of AUWCL’s summer program in Geneva on trade and intellectual property. AUWCL will sponsor full scholarships to the program for government officials, that WIPO will advertise to Permanent Missions in Geneva representing developing countries.
Other types of cooperative initiatives that the agreement will promote include:
- Facilitating access to higher education in IP for government officials and students from developing countries
- Expanding the WIPO Academy’s network of top universities engaged in training in IP and IP related issues to include AUWCL
- Implementing reduced fees for developing country participants for summer and LL.M. programs run by AUWCL, providing scholarship for the best developing country students in their programs
As part of the agreement, AUWCL will sponsor, and WIPO will help promote applicants for, scholarships for its LL.M. in intellectual property that are available for students from developing countries, economies in transition and least developed countries.
Dean Camille Nelson explained: “This important agreement between two leaders in intellectual property education for development will help strengthen what has already been a close partnership. This will enable us to do more together, which we are excited about.”